Category Archives: Virginia

May My Beautiful Sweet Briar College’s Foundations Ever Be As Strong As Her Hills

When I tuned in to a live webcast of “Shaking Up Retirement: Rethinking Financial Security for Americans” on the morning of March 3, little did I know that in just a few hours, I’d be so shaken up about something … Continue reading

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Let Ihna Frary Help You Plan Your Ohio or Virginia Staycation

In the months before attending “Publishers’ Bookbindings, 1830-1910,” a Rare Book School course I took at the University of Virginia in July 2006, I trolled the stacks of the Ohio Historical Society’s Archives/Library, looking for good examples of grained, stamped, … Continue reading

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A Wildflower Wander at Sharon Woods Was My First Lesson in Botany

Growing up, I liked to look at a fragile little book on my grandmother’s bookcase called Flower Guide: Wild Flowers East of the Rockies. What made it especially appealing was the fact that it belonged to Grandma when she was a … Continue reading

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Seventy-Five Years Ago, a Colonial Revival Couple Spent Their Thanksgiving Honeymoon in West Virginia and Virginia

Seventy-five years ago this Saturday, November 24, my grandparents were married.  After the ceremony at St. Leo Catholic Church in Columbus, they and their guests sat down to a catered breakfast that my maternal great-grandparents hosted at their 84 East … Continue reading

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Find Good Conversation and Great Hot Chocolate at Richard Charlton’s Coffeehouse

Visits to Williamsburg always include stops to see old favorites and discover new things about them. At Bassett Hall, the 18th-century home where John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and his wife, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, lived during the initial restoration of the … Continue reading

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Colonial Williamsburg Weaver Karen Clancy Taught Me Drop Spindle Spinning in the Shake of a Lamb’s Tail

At the Taliaferro-Cole Shop on Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg, you can see one of the prettiest gardens in the Historic Area. You can also meet Karen Clancy, one of Colonial Williamsburg’s weavers. As she interprets what her … Continue reading

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Meet Leicester Longwools and Other Rare Breeds on Colonial Williamsburg’s “Bits and Bridles” Tour

Colonial Williamsburg’s modern stable and rare breeds program are the subjects of “Bits and Bridles,” a one-hour tour for Colonial Williamsburg hotel guests and annual passholders. Volunteer Tom Schultz began last Tuesday’s tour by describing how Durham oxen, an early … Continue reading

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